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  • Google quietly acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs

    Google quietly acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs

    Ok, so here’s the deal: WIMM Labs was one of the earliest entrants into the smartwatch space, way back in 2011. While the Android-based WIMM One failed to set the consumer market on fire, it apparently caught Google’s eye. In the summer of 2012, the company put a simple message up on its site declaring that it had entered an exclusive partnership with an unnamed entity for its technology and would thus be ending sales of its devices. Now it appears that partner was Google — a Mountain View spokesperson just confirmed the acquisition to us.

    The company’s immediate plans for WIMM are not yet public but, according to GigaOM, most of the staff stayed on board and are now working with the Android team. The obvious use would be in developing Google’s own rumored smartwatch product, which would likely incorporate many of WIMM Lab’s SDKs and existing platform tools. However, it’s worth noting that the company doesn’t consider itself merely a maker of app-running timepieces, but a manufacturer of wearables in general. We wouldn’t be shocked if some of WIMM’s tech and experience was put to good use in Glass.

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    Via: GigaOM

  • Engadget Podcast 358 – 08.30.13

    Engadget Podcast 343 - 05.10.13

    Ballmer’s set to retire from Microsoft within 12 months, so naturally Brian, Peter and Terrence spent half the episode placing bets on a successor. Aside from that, the trio took some time to discuss our new Peripheral Vision series, Nintendo’s 2DS, the latest e-readers from Kobo and the OLPC XO kid’s tablet.

    Hosts: Brian Heater, Terrence O’Brien, Peter Rojas

    Producer: Joe Pollicino

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  • Oregon Scientific's Meep! X2 kid's tablet gets gutted at the FCC

    Oregon Scientific's Meep! X2 kid's tablet gets gutted at the FCC

    Since it’s been nearly a year since Oregon Scientific’s MEEP! kiddy tablet arrived on the scene, it makes sense that we’re due for a refresh. We did see a listing for the MEEP! X2 pop up earlier this month, but the device’s arrival at the FCC is the first concrete sign that the slate will arrive stateside. The documents reveal that the unit packs a microSD slot, HDMI-out, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, while French site Maginea claims that it will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU, a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, 1 GB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Naturally, we can’t confirm the legitimacy of those last specs, so enjoy this gallery of teardown images instead. %Gallery-slideshow76557%

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    Source: FCC

  • Can you out-old-school these Expand Throwbackers?

    Can you outoldschool these Expand Throwbackers

    We’ve already received a slew of exciting entries in the #ExpandThrowback contest we launched around a week ago. Turns out we’re not the only ones who hoard old technology to embrace memories of a life before local TV could be streamed over a WiFi connection. For those not up to speed, here’s the deal: Our Expand NY event is coming this November 9th and 10th, and we’re on the lookout for the coolest vintage tech. Help us find it, and you could end up with a trip to Expand NY on us, or a gift card to help finally update that old technology.

    Read on to find out how to win a trip to Expand NY…

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